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My friend and I went hill climbing yesterday and he slid off the side of the hill. Well, I could only pull him out in reverse because the trail was so narrow and I couldn't get turned around. I had to snatch pretty hard a couple of times to get him out of some deep ruts. Is this bad on my tranny? Would you recommend pulling him out forwards next time or does it matter?
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I have been told you actually have more tork while pulling in reverse. (not sure how accurate that is…but I have been told that)

The most important issue to consider when extracting another vehicle is you want to be as lined up (straight on) with the stuck vehicle. Try not to pull laterally against your frame.

I always try to pull using my forward gears, but I have also extracted vehicles while in reverse. My tranny is still strong. I have never had any ill behavior out of it and it is a '97

Oh! another thing, try not to have to "jerk" on the other vehicle the smoother you can pull the better your truck will like it. But again…there have been times where I dumped the clutch and gave it a flogging with the skinny pedel.
 

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91Bravo said:
My friend and I went hill climbing yesterday and he slid off the side of the hill. Well, I could only pull him out in reverse because the trail was so narrow and I couldn't get turned around. I had to snatch pretty hard a couple of times to get him out of some deep ruts. Is this bad on my tranny? Would you recommend pulling him out forwards next time or does it matter?
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Yes, the transmission is inherently weaker in reverse gear. I've personally broke 2 reverse gears in my transmission, once in a recovery situation. It is always recommended to attempt a recovery by driving forward.
 

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thanks for clerifying for me! I never trusted the myth of more tork in reverse, but I could never be given a solid answer.

I respect your answer more than the "hear sey" I was given.

To the O.P: Show stop knows his stuff, try to pull in forward gears when at all possible.
 

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x2 on the reverse gear being weaker

EDIT: Actually I can't say that for fact on the '05 and newer models but for sure on the 95.5-04 models. I would think it would be true for the newer models also.
 

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10-4!

I figured out what I was told by reading another current thread. It is not that reverse is a stronger gear, but what I referred to is that reverse is a lower ratio. thus more tork.

On either account, I stand corrected. I appreciate the clerifactions.
 

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...exactly what bear and shostop have said.. the reverse gear on most trucks IS lower ratio, however it is weaker..be careful since the ratio is lower, you may be tempted to use it... they break much easier when recovering another vehicle than recovering one in a forward gear...
 

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ShowStop said:
Yes, the transmission is inherently weaker in reverse gear. I've personally broke 2 reverse gears in my transmission, once in a recovery situation. It is always recommended to attempt a recovery by driving forward.
I've never heard of someone breaking a reverse gear. I've pulled alot of people out in reverse with trucks i've had over the years, and my friends have too without a problem.
 

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I'll remember this next time I have to pull someone out. My friend has a VW baja bug, but he slid off into some deep ass ruts made by 44" tires. I tried just tensioning before pulling, but my tires just spun. That's why it took a couple of "snatches" with about 2 or 3 feet of slack in the strap. I didn't yank too hard I don't think! Thanks everyone for all of your helpful info!!
 

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plus pulling out in forward gear results in better weight distribution and traction on your rear axles. same reason why it's harder to back up a hill than forward.
 

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On the V6 manual transmition, reverse is not a lower ration then 1st. Look it up in the manual, first is 4-something:1 and revers is 3-something:1.
 

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My reverse gear seems like it is geared lower than my first gear. I could be wrong though.
 
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